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My first pano, my first Stitch & my first Large Version...I'm having problems with the size of the large version..I have posted a larger version now but the quality is not very good. I will post a better version tomorrow...Sorry about that!

19th September 2006 : I've posted a new Large version which is quality wise better than yesterday's Large version

As we left Bangli, moving North, approaching the Batur area, swirling mists obscured the view and increased the chill. For a few moments, while traversing this dramatic landscape of muted colors and indistinct horizons, it is possible to feel that one has crossed over to a different place and time - leaving behind the lush, green picture postcard Bali. Suddenly, the road crested the hill through a narrow pass, and the famous Peak and Crater Lake of Batur appear.

This is a stitch of four photos, performed with Autostitch…and of course this is my first attempt with stitching. On the left, closer to us is Gunung Batur (Mount Batur) having an elevation of 5,633 feet. The last recorded eruption was in year 2000 & the volcanic flow had reached the lowest portion of the slope, scalding all vegetation on the slopes. The slopes of this volcano is now devoid of all vegetation except an island of green roughly in the centre of the frame.

The south east side of the larger 10×13 km caldera of Gunung Batur contains the caldera lake. This huge caldera was created when the volcano blew its stack many eons ago, leaving behind a gaping hole that now containing the smaller volcano (same one as above) and a spectacular crater lake - Danau Batur ('Danau' is Indonesian for 'Lake').

Farthest to the right is Gunung Agung (Mount Agung). At 9,944 feet above sea level, this stratovolcano is the highest point on the island of Bali. It last erupted in 1963-64 and the lava flows missed, sometimes by mere yards, the Mother Temple of Besakih, which is located on the slopes of the mountain.

The clouds are also spectacular here..Loved the cloud on the right which looks like a huge extended claw...Hope you like this view.

I would love to have your criticisms here since this is my first pano landscape shot & the 4 shots had been taken with the idea of stitching them...I do believe that the spactacular setting deserves a pano...perhaps even a better one!

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